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MSP® training Teaching you the fundamental skills needed to be a successful programme manager
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Course type: E-learning
Duration: 42 hours
Delivery: Online
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MSP® 4th Edition Re-Registration E-learning

The MSP guide is periodically revised and enhanced to reflect the latest best practices in managing programmes successfully. As a result, in order to maintain the status of MSP Registered Practitioner, holders must pass a re-registration exam every three to five years.


About the course

The examination ensures that Registered Practitioners are fully up to date with any revisions to the method and can evidence that their knowledge of the method is current. This workshop is aimed at reviewing, refreshing and updating their knowledge of MSP in line with the current MSP guide.



  • 12 months online access to our accredited MSP course
  • Resource book
  • Full tutor support via phone and email while you study
  • MSP Re-registration exam fee: Valid for 12 months from purchase date. Exam must be taken online


Duration of access

  • 12 months online access to our accredited MSP course

Optional extras

Optional extras

  • The Official MSP manual

What's covered?

Course introduction

  • Course objectives
  • What is MSP?
  • The MSP examination requirements

Introduction to programme management

  • Changing vs running the business
  • Difference between programmes and projects
  • The programme environment
  • Drivers for change
  • Types of programme
  • When to use a programme approach

Processes and programme information

  • Sequence of processes in the programme lifecycle (‘transformational flow’)
  • Key inputs and outputs of each process
  • Purpose of each process
  • Key activities associated with each process

Programme organisation

  • Differences between leadership and management
  • Typical programme organisation structures
  • Key responsibilities and attributes of the key programme roles
  • Functions of a programme office

Leadership and stakeholder engagement

  • Stakeholder management vs engagement
  • Stakeholder analysis - interests and influence
  • Stakeholder engagement strategy
  • Programme communications plan

Planning and control

  • Development of a programme plan and projects dossier
  • Tranches vs workstreams
  • Dependency types and priorities
  • Controlling projects and transition
  • Resource management
  • Monitoring and control strategy

The business case

  • Programme mandate and the outline business case
  • Business case in the transformational flow
  • Elements of the business case
  • Areas of focus of the key MSP roles

Benefits management

  • Importance to programme management
  • The benefits management cycle
  • Benefits identification and categorisation
  • Benefit mapping and profiling
  • Benefits management strategy and realisation plan 
  • Areas of focus


  • Vision statement development
  • Characteristics of a good vision statement
  • Areas of focus

Blueprint design and delivery

  • The POTI model
  • Intermediate and final future states
  • Areas of focus

Risk and issue management

  • Purpose of risk management strategy and issue management strategy
  • Risk management cycle
  • Programme and project level risk escalation
  • Issue management cycle
  • Configuration management
  • Change control
  • Areas of focus

Quality and assurance management

  • Quality versus assurance
  • Scope of programme quality
  • Integrated assurance principles
  • Assurance management techniques

Mock exam simulator

  • Randomised MSP Foundation level exam questions

MSP practitioner

Stream 1

  • Introduction to MSP Practitioner 
  • MSP process model walkthrough 
  • Governance and principles
  • MSP programme scenario
  • Programme organisation simulation
  • Business case simulation
  • Risk management simulation
  • Benefits mapping simulation
  • Creating a blueprint simulation
  • Quality management simulation
  • Planning and control simulation
  • Exercises

Stream 2

  • Exam technique
  • Marking up the MSP manual
  • Practitioner exam simulator
  • Practice exam papers


Target audience

The target audience for this course is those who are already registered MSP practitioners.

All MSP practitioners should be re-registered within three to five years of their original certification. All practitioners who have taken the examination have agreed to this requirement as part of their initial application and so are now designated as registered practitioners. By taking the re-registration examination candidates are able to demonstrate to employers and prospective employers their up to date knowledge and commitment to continuing professional development.

Exam format

The format of the practitioner re-registration exam is:

  • 3 questions, with a single scenario background and appendices
  • Each of the 3 questions is worth 10 marks
  • An overall score of 15 out of a possible 30 is required to pass
  • 1 hour 15 minutes duration
  • Open-book examination (MSP guide only)

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